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    Tip Tuesday: School Work Storage Tips

      Hi! I’m back with another Tip Tuesday video for you all! Today we’re talking about what to do with all of your child’s school work. Man that stuff can pile up!   As homeschoolers, we literally have a ton of papers, art projects, and crafts taking up our precious space. … [Read More...]

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    2016 Valentines Day Kids Activities

    Good morning everyone! As most of you know Valentine’s Day is this weekend, and I wanted to share some fun Valentine’s Day kids activities with you to help make the day  more fun and meaningful. Since our kids are young, Valentine’s Day  is just a day to show those around you that you love … [Read More...]

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    The Silk Road Museum Tour 2015

    Hi everyone! We had the pleasure of taking a tour of the Silk Road exhibit held by our local Museum of Nature & Science this past year. It was so cool! And it fit right in with our Expedition Earth world geography studies, so that was a win win! While we weren’t allowed to take any … [Read More...]

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    2016 February Monthly Meal Plan

    Hi everyone! I’m so sorry this is late, I totally forgot to put up my meal plan for February! But thanks to a kind reader I’ve been reminded, and so here we go! The 2016 February Monthly Meal Plan is now available for download!     For us it’s cold and wintery out, so this … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: Switching Curriculum Mid-Year

    Have you ever bought a curriculum that you thought would be great, only to find out that it just wasn't a good fit for your family? Don't worry I have some advice in today's Tip Tuesday post that will hopefully encourage you to let it go and move on to better homeschooling … [Read More...]

JAN
21
2016

Mythical Creatures Museum Tour

Hey everyone! I thought I’d share another fun field trip that we took this year. We headed out to the Museum of Nature & Science for their mythical creatures display. This one was just for fun and mainly because Miss Lady Bug loves unicorns!  And they had a ton of cool mythical creatures to check out. The first one we came upon was the Giant Eagle. As you can see below Tinker Bell narrowly escaped her death from the beast. I guess it was dinner time, but she was too small to be worth the effort, so he passed her up for an adult standing right behind her.   Next we held a 60 pound anaconda. This one isn’t a mythical creature, but it was still fun to see them try and lift the beast! Also, I’m thankful we don’t live in the Amazon.   Miss Lady Bug got her dream of finally seeing a unicorn and getting her picture taken with one. You can see how amazed she is below! Me too, I’m in awe at it’s beauty.   Here she is with her own unicorn. He was very … [Read more...]

JAN
19
2016

2015-2016 Mid-Year Curriculum Review

Hi everyone! We’ll we’re about half way through our 2015-2016 homeschool year, and I thought I’d do a mid-year review for you all since we’ve made a few alterations. For the most part I’m happy with what we’ve chosen this year. And I think we did good as far as balancing teacher led, with student independent work as well. But we have changed up a few things as needed. So here’s what we chose for the year and what we like or dislike, and whether or not we’ll stick with it for next year!   Miss Lady Bug: 1st Grade   So after going through our day, I realized that I loaded up Miss Lady Bug’s schedule pretty full. As a matter of fact it is almost too full, so we did drop some things to make it easier for her to get through her day, and make her schedule a little more realistic for what she’s able to handle right now. She’s still doing everything with the exception of my Literature units, & handwriting. I had planned to use my Lit. units as … [Read more...]

JAN
16
2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day homeschoolers! Today is a great day to learn about one of our nation’s most influential people. Martin Luther King Jr. Day usually means people get the day off. Except for us, we’re doing school today, and taking some time to reflect and remember on the life and influences of an amazing person in United States history. Even if you’re taking a break today, it’s a great idea to take a little bit of time to gather around the computer and listen to his inspirational words in person.   Martin Luther King Jr. was born in 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended the Booker T. Washington High School. He skipped both nigh and eleventh grades, and entered Morehouse college in Atlanta at age 15, in 1944. He later became both a Baptist minister and a civil-rights activist, having a huge impact on race relations in the United States beginning in the mid-1950’s. He headed the efforts to end legal segregation of African-American citizens in the South and in … [Read more...]

JAN
14
2016

2015 Denver Mint Tour

Good morning everyone! I have another super fun field trip idea to share with you today! We had the chance to take a tour of the US Denver Mint which is located in Denver, Colorado. The Denver Mint prints coin money, and offers daily tours to the public. You do have to sign up and there are some restrictions, so check out the Denver Mint website for more information on taking a tour!   We weren’t allowed to take photos inside for obvious reasons, but we were lucky enough to be there on a printing day. That mean that we got to see all of the machines in action, and watch the money go through all of the printing processes. They were printing pennies that day, which was super cool to see them run through the printing presses, and watch all of the mint workers sort and pack the coins. The tour only takes about an hour, but it’s really interesting. The building it self is a piece of artwork inside, and the “The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became … [Read more...]

JAN
12
2016

Total Lunar Eclipse September 2015

Hi everyone! I just realized that I posted this on my Instagram, but I forgot to put it on my blog for all of you too! This year we had the opportunity to view a Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse which was super exciting. I know some of you weren’t able to see it from where you were due to poor weather, or your geographical location, so I thought you might like to see it! The eclipse took place on September 27, 2015 with the blood moon, or full eclipse, lasting for about 1 hour and 12 minutes. People in the eastern and central areas of the United States and Canada had some of the best views of the eclipse. This eclipse was referred to as a Blood Moon because of the red color the eclipse takes on during totality. I’m not sure you can see the reddish hue as well in the photographs, but it was certainly visible in real life! This eclipse was rare in that it was during a Supermoon, meaning that the moon was closest to the earth as it turned into a full moon. Super Full Moons are rare … [Read more...]

JAN
10
2016

Friends & Heroes Bible Curriculum Giveaway

Hi everyone! I hope your 2016 is getting off to a good start? Ours has been a little crazy, but we’re getting back into the swing of things around here! We’re heading into our 2nd week back in school after the holidays and that’s always the time that I like to introduce a new curriculum if we’re going to be making any changes.   So I also thought that it would be a great time to do a Friends & Heroes Homeschool Curriculum giveaway for you all. For anyone looking for a new Bible curriculum, now’s a great chance to get ahold of a fun and engaging curriculum! It’s the new Series 1 Homeschool Bible Study Curriculum from Friends & Heroes. We’ve been doing daily devotionals which we’ll continue with, but I was excited to add in this new element into our week. I love that it provides a little break from the norm for us. We get out of the school room and head to the family room for a little movie time during school! What? Yep, I didn’t get one single complaint from any of … [Read more...]

JAN
07
2016

January–December 2016 Weekly Planner

Hi everyone! I have a fun new planner for you all today! It’s my new 2016 Weekly Planner layout! I actually created this for myself, and thought I’d share it with you as well. Even though I’m a homeschooler, I’m also a work-at-home mama, and then we have all of our personal commitments so I really wanted a planner that I could use for everything. In past years I’ve used a separate blog planner to keep track of work stuff, but I was also carrying around a planner for our daily activities, my iPhone to help remind me of things, and sticky notes to remind myself of things to pick up or to do. Obviously with a family of 6 that just isn’t working very well. So I created my own weekly planner that has spots for everything, so I can hopefully track it all in one place! I’ll show you how I intend to use the planner below, but I’ve left most of the spots blank so that you can customize it to fit your needs too. The planner comes with a 2016 & 2017 yearly overview, along with a monthly … [Read more...]

JAN
05
2016

January 2016 Holidays and Fun Days!

Hi everyone! It’s time for another Holidays and Fun Days post for the new year.  I hope you all enjoy these, and that they help make your homeschool day a little more fun!   There aren’t too many big dates this month, but there were definitely a ton of goofy days! I tried to pair them down for you a little to help weed out the really weird ones, so here’s my list for this months fun days:   Holidays: January 1 New Year's Day – I hope everyone had a safe and awesome 2016! January 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday, celebrated on the third Monday – click here to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.   Fun Days: January 3 Fruitcake Toss Day – right? haha! January 4 Trivia Day – Play a game of Trivial Pursuit Family Edition for school today! January 5 National Bird Day – Go on a nature walk and take notes of all of the feathered friends you see today! Then come home and look them up and learn more about the birdies in your neck of the woods! … [Read more...]

JAN
03
2016

D’Nealian Handwriting Worksheets

Happy New Year everyone! I thought I’d kick off the new year with a highly requested freebie download for you all! After publishing my K4 Handwriting Worksheets (manuscript) and my Cursive Handwriting Worksheets, I’ve had several requests for D’Nealian Handwriting worksheets, so here they are!     As usual, you can print on copy paper and have students write with pencil on the sheets, or you can also print on copy paper, then laminate or stick inside a page protector and allow them to use them with Expo Dry-Erase markers! That way they’re re-usable and you can practice your sheets as many times as needed! –> Download the D’Nealian Handwriting Sheets <–   The line spacing for these sheets should be appropriate for kindergarten, first , or second graders who need more practice with D’Nealian handwriting skills. Each letter includes capital and lowercase letter practice. The first row of letters are traceable to help students properly … [Read more...]

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31
2015

Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year everyone! I can’t believe it’s already 2016, but I think I say that every January first so could just be me… It just sneaks up on me you know! I think I blacked-out somewhere during August, probably right around when school started ha-ha! It just get’s crazy with sports, school, and blogging but that’s okay. I seem to have adapted to the chaos which is homeschooling and we’re on a roll now!   That said, I hope you all had a good 2015 and are ready for 2016 because it’s here! We’re still on break this week, but gearing up to get back into the school groove. Sometimes it’s hard getting started back up after the excitement of the holidays, so here is a helpful posts to get you going again! Beating the Homeschool Blahs   For those of you who are starting school mid-year, whether you’re pulling your kiddos out of a traditional school system to homeschool, or just starting a new curriculum in 2016, here’s a post to help you get started! Starting homeschool … [Read more...]